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Fishing and Crabbing Seminar Line-Up Announced for 2015 Seattle Boat Show

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/23/14

For the 2015 show there will be 35 new free seminars, bringing the total to 235 and prompting the addition of a fourth stage on weekends. On the fishing stage there will be 57 free fishing seminars with the best experts in their field of fishing and crabbing. There is no better way for an angler to improve his or her success on the water than investing in an hour or two to learn from the best. And it’s all free. So whether it’s learning to mooch, learning about tuna fishing off Washington’s coast, shrimp fishing in Puget Sound or ocean salmon techniques, the Seattle Boat Show is the place to be, Jan. 23 through Feb. 1, 2015. View full press release here.


Sneak Peak at Boats of Note at Seattle Boat Show | pr

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/13/14

SEATTLE – November 2014 – Northwest boaters are a very fortunate lot. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are home to what is arguably the greatest variety of boating in the world. And the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, reflects that variety. Unique to the show is the wide range of boats and accessories on display. View full press release here.


Washington State Parks Announces New Moorage Rates for 2015

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/11/14

OLYMPIA – November 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced new moorage rates for mooring in state marine parks. The new prices take effect Jan. 1, 2015....

The Washington State Legislator has directed State Parks to generate additional revenue from its facilities and services to offset the loss of tax support. Moorage fees were last increased in early 2012, and State Parks is taking action to make the moorage program more self-supporting. Even with the 2015 fee increases, the program will need greater long-term financial support.

The price revisions are the result of a market analysis and stakeholder outreach conducted earlier this year. Marine park users told State Parks that enforcement of moorage fees needs to be improved. State Parks is continuing to analyze the program and address concerns. View more information including new rates here.


Northwest Marine Trade Association Announces Grow Boating Grants

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/10/14

Funds available for non-profits promoting boating in the Northwest

SEATTLE – November 11, 2014 – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is pleased to announce a grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region. The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program whose mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often. Since 2003, NMTA has spent more than $1M to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships and programs. The NMTA will award up to $9,000 to one or more organizations by April 3rd, 2015.  View full press release here.


Calling All Boating and Trivia Fans: Trivia, Statistics and Fun Facts Revealed About the Seattle Boat Show

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/09/14

SEATTLE – November 3, 2014 – The 68th Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat drops anchor on January 23, 2015. It’s the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third largest show in North America.  The 10-day show is a not-to-be-missed event on the calendar of Washington state boaters, many of whom have been faithfully attending for decades and now bring their kids or grandkids as part of the tradition. As well as they feel they know the show, they might be surprised by some of the fun facts and trivia about the show and boating in the Northwest. View full press release here.


Whatcom County Boat Manufacturer Moves into Bigger Fairhaven Warehouse

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/08/14

BELLINGHAM — A local boat manufacturer forced to close because of a fire is one step closer to reopening in a bigger facility.

Northwest Marine Industries signed a two-year lease with the Port of Bellingham to occupy a 20,000-square-foot warehouse at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park, which is near the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Northwest Marine Industries are the makers of C-dory, Osprey, Sea Sport, Tom Cat and others.

See full report at the Bellingham Herald:


Boat Burns on the Fraser River in Langley Township - B.C. Canada

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/08/14

Nov. 4th > A 47 foot Bayliner yacht valued at nearly $500,000 was destroyed and sunk in an early morning fire on Tuesday.

Around 8:30 a.m., Township fire crews were called to a private dock in the 10200 block of Allard Crescent where the boat was already fully engulfed, while floating in the Fraser River.

No one was on the boat. Township firefighters had a tough time with the fire and after putting enough water on it, the boat sank, confirmed assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson. The owner is having it taken out of the Fraser by professionals, he said. The fire doesn't appear suspicious. Source: The Langley Times.


Seattle Boat Show Offers Special Travel Packages

by Northwest Boating Information on 11/07/14

SEATTLE - The Seattle Boat Show (Indoor + Afloat) is so popular it attracts visitors from 41 US states, six Canadian provinces and as far away as Dubai.

And with good reason, it's the largest boat show on the West Coast and the third largest in the U.S., with two locations indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union. To make it easy for out-of-town visitors, show organizers have put together an array of travel specials which include Victoria Clipper and Amtrak packages and rates as low as $126.00 per night at conveniently located downtown hotels. The show opens Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 1, 2015. View full press release here.


Sailor Loses Friend When Boat Capsizes During Wind Storm:

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/30/14

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The wind storm on Saturday Oct. 25th, 2014 took down power lines and trees. It also capsized a boat during a race, killing an Olympia man.

Jay Bergland died over the weekend. He was one of three people thrown into the water when their boat, Gizmo, capsized while they were in the last two miles of the Eagle Island Race near Budd Inlet, north of Olympia. See video here and full story at KING 5 News.

Teague Custom Marine Covers the Best Places to Spend Your Boat Maintenance Dollar

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/29/14

 Money isn’t everything. But in the world of boating, it’s just as ubiquitous as fuel. And you have a limited amount of it—which is why it’s important to spend your boat maintenance dollar in the places that will give your boat the best speed, highest quality, and longest shelf life possible.

After all, you don’t want to spend money on a new gasket, only for your boat’s engine to break down. And you certainly don’t want to invest in a new engine simply to fix a bad belt. Knowing what needs fixing, what needs upgrading, and when to hold back is at the heart of spending your boat maintenance dollar wisely.

Let’s take a look at the areas that make the best investments.

The Big-Ticket Items: Spend Your Dollar

What’s a "big-ticket" item? The parts that get your boat to move, that keep it in peak performance. Investing in your boat’s maintenance is worthwhile if you can extend the life of quality parts like engines, propellers, fuel systems, and more. Yes, there are other variables that are critical in the equation that constitutes a fast boat—but with a limited budget, you’ve got to have priorities.

 Here are some of the best places on your boat to spend money on maintenance, and why:

Engine: Need we say more? A tuned, oiled, fueled, properly treated engine is not only going to last longer, but it’s going to treat you better throughout its life. The engine is the source of speed, torque, weight distribution, and more. There’s a reason we at Teague have a section devoted entirely to engines—they’re not just parts, but they’re a whole system of parts. Keep your engine in shape with regular maintenance—even if it costs you.

Fuel systems: From carburetors to fuel manifolds and more, your engine’s fuel system is to your boat what the heart is to a body. And every piece counts. Invest in the right combination of filter, pump, regulator, and plumbing for your power level and make sure all parts are in sync and up to date for long term engine durability and performance.

Propellers: Some people might question a propeller as a "big-ticket" item, but the propeller is where your boat’s speed meets the water and is extremely important when setting a boat up for competition or recreation. If it’s not in top shape and ready to deliver the force you need, your boat will simply not be as efficient as it’s designed. When choosing your propeller, consider the choice of materials. Aluminum propellers offer good performance at a low cost for most applications whereas stainless steel propellers are more expensive but more durable than aluminum propellers and their thinner blades provide higher performance.

Superchargers: There’s nothing sexier in the world of boat speed than a supercharger, and for good reason. The method of forced induction is a fast and direct way to ensure that your engine reaches a new level of performance and function. If you’ve done everything you can to optimize and care for your engine, a supercharger represents a great way to upgrade over its present capabilities.

This article is brought to you by Teague Custom Marine, the largest distributor for leading performance aftermarket marine manufacturers.


Emails making false allegations against Seattle boat dealer cost B.C. man $40,000

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/21/14

A British Columbia man has been ordered to pay $40,000 in damages for sending emails alleging a boat dealer was a child molester during a dispute over repairs.

Robert Turpin bought a 64-foot yacht from Ocean Alexander Marine Yacht Sales i...n Seattle in 2011, then discovered some of the windows were defective. Unhappy with the offer from sales manager Ray Prokorym, Turpin then sent emails to Ocean Alexander employees and others in the industry falsely alleging that Prokorym was a convicted sex offender. View full story at Vancouver Sun: Source: Boating Industry.

Something’s fishy about Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal - and that’s a good thing!

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/21/14

A KOMO News | Seattle Refind article:

Living in Seattle, we have a tendency to take great seafood for granted; we know that come spring, our halibut will have a soft landing in herbed butter. It’...s a given that we can drive to Fishermen’s Terminal and buy freshly-caught salmon just feet from where the boat docks. We can be confident our crab will still be crawling as we ready our crackers. But we rarely think about the great engine that pumps pristine seafood—and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economy—into our city. For more than 100 years, Fisherman’s Terminal has been the connection from the water—and all that it bears—and the city. View full story at KOMO News / Seattle Refind:

Vessel sinks near Campbell River, B.C: 2 missing:

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/19/14

Authorities spent the day searching for two men who went missing after a barge sank off the east side of Vancouver Island early Saturday morning.

The Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue... Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said it received the Mayday call about 2:30 a.m. PT.  Three men were on the vessel, described as a 67-foot steel landing craft, about five kilometers north of Campbell River, and it was taking on water.

The barge was less than a kilometer due north of the docks at the old mill when it sank in 72-metres of water, police said.  One of the men was rescued and pulled aboard an inflatable boat by crew members of an Alaskan ferry that answered the call for help. Full story at CBC News:

Coast Guard rescues two people from vessel taking on water near Sequim, Wash.

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/18/14

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued two people after their vessel began taking on water north of Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Friday.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles took the man and woman, both local residents, to the station. They did not require medical attention. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a distress call on VHF-FM channel 16 around 7:31 a.m. from the owner of the 67-foot recreational vessel Lady A reporting that they were abandoning ship into their life raft.

Sector Puget Sound watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to alert vessels in the area of the distress situation.

Sector Puget Sound watchstanders directed the launch of the RB-M crew at 7:40 a.m. in response. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles also launched shortly after. 

The crew of Tokyo Express, a 664-foot tanker vessel transiting the area, also launched a small boat crew to assist.

The RB-M and Tokyo Express crews arrived on scene around 8:09 a.m. and found the two people still aboard the Lady A. 

Both people were transferred to the RB-M and taken to Station Port Angeles. 

The Lady A reportedly sank in 180 feet of water with an estimated 700 gallons of diesel aboard.  No sheen has been reported. The vessel is not a hazard to navigation.

Pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound’s incident management division have been notified and are working with the owner of the vessel and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged. Source: USCG News Release.

2 car crash leaves boat adrift on I-5 in Downtown Seattle

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/13/14

KOMO News: SEATTLE -- Those driving on I-5 south through Seattle had quite the odd sight Sunday afternoon after a boat became disconnected from its vehicle trailer during a two-car crash and was left in "freeway dry dock" along the shoulder.

Troopers said the crash happened after 1 p.m. near the Albro exit and the boat, ironically named "Passin' Thru," ended up blocking two left lanes until a tow truck could help clear the scene. There were no reports of anyone hurt.

"Only in Seattle does a boat attempt to drive on the freeway," mused Trooper Chris Webb.V

Boating Basics: How to Winterize Your Boat - from BoatLIFE

by Northwest Boating Information on 10/09/14

For many boaters, annual preparation and deep cleanings are crucial for a successful spring launch. Winterizing your boat ahead of time not only adds years to the life of its motor but will make your launch that much easier. Prep now for smooth sailing later.  


It’s best to start with a thorough cleaning six months early for a seamless launch. Start inside and work your way out, cleaning the cabin, heads, and saloon, then scrubbing the topsides and deck. Use a good non-skid deck cleaner to remove dirt and debris from all the crevices. Clean your canvas and apply a fresh coat of waterproofer. Clean and protect any exposed teak. Apply a good coat of wax to the topsides and any fiberglass. Clean and maintain your bright work, especially if you have exposed exterior wood. Use a quality acid based bottom or hull cleaner to remove any fouling and give it a deep clean so oxidation doesn’t occur over the winter.

Engine Room

To properly maintain your engine, follow these winterizing procedures:

  • Change the Oil. Run the engine to warm it up, then change the oil. This will avoid any residue acids in the system and clear out any water that might freeze in the winter. Left in the crank case, the acids can corrode your motor internally causing premature wear.


  • Treat the Gas Tank. Fill the fuel tank almost to the top, then add fuel stabilizer to prevent varnish build-up in the lines, carburetor, and fuel injectors.


    When the temperature drops, the moisture condenses and results in water at the bottom of your fuel tank. This can fill your water separator and cause starting problems in the spring. Make sure the tanks are nearly full but not quite to allow for expansion in the spring when it starts to warm up. This will also avoid extra condensation.


  • Drain the Water System. If water sits in the engine and freezes, it will expand and can crack the block, manifolds, and outdrives. To prevent damage, you must drain water from your engine. Its important to note not to run the engine without water hooked up. Most marine water pumps feature a rubber impeller which will burn out in seconds without running water.


    For Inboard/Outboard Engines: 

    Flush the engine with clean water by connecting a standard garden hose and water flushers (flush muffs) to your cooling system. Double check your intakes, easily slide the muffs over, and make sure all the holes are covered. You don’t want any water escaping or air induced into your cooling system. Once the water line is hooked up, run the motor until the engine reaches normal operating temperature. This will guarantee that the stabilized (treated) fuel gets through the lines and doesn’t gum up over the winter.


    If you have an outboard, you’ll need to change the lower unit fluid as well. Remove the vent and drain plugs, attach the lower unit fluid pump to the drain, and pump the fresh fluid through the drain until the lower unit is full. Replace the vent plug.


  • Winterize the Block with Antifreeze. Once you’ve flushed and drained your engine, run antifreeze through the engine block and manifolds. Use a non-toxic antifreeze like propylene glycol which can be safely flushed or discharged overboard.


  • Lubricate with Fogging Oil. Spray fogging oil directly into the carburetor so it coats the carburetor completely. This will allow all the seals and cylinder heads to stay lubricated through the winter and also prevent rust.


Cabin and Interior

Mold and mildew are the biggest threats to interiors so it’s important to promote ventilation wherever possible. Open all drawers, cabinets, lockers, and doors. Place dehumidifiers throughout the cabin to absorb any moisture. Remove all food, clothing, and cushions to prepare the cabinet for long term storage. Deep clean the carpet. Remove batteries and take them home if possible. Make sure they’re fully charged and store them on wood (not concrete) as they will lose their charge and damage the plate.

Prepare the Exterior

Boats that are protected from the elements will stay drier and won’t develop stress cracks and gelcoat crazing from the thawing and freezing of the water on the deck. Cover your boat to keep the boat cleaner and prolong its life. For small boats, use a fitted cover to prevent dirt and debris. Poly cotton covers will breathe better than polyester covers but aren’t as strong and don’t wear as well. Make sure it’s loose enough to promote air circulation. Add a tarp to protect the boat, choosing one that’s longer and wider than the boat.

By following these general procedures and checking the owner's manual of both your boat and motor, you’ll not only help protect your boat through the winter but save time before relaunching in the spring. Do the dirty work now so you can launch with ease later.

This article is brought to you by BoatLIFE, a leader in marine maintenance products and boat care. For more information, check out the BoatLIFE  winterization checklist.



Visiting the downtown Seattle waterfront during construction - Bell Harbor Marina is open for business!

by Northwest Boating Information on 09/26/14

Waterfront Construction & Getting Around - News from the Port of Seattle: You may have heard the Elliott Bay Seawall is being replaced. You may have also heard downtown Seattle waterfront businesses will be closed due to the construction from October 2014 until June 2015. What you may not have heard is the seawall construction stops south of Bell Harbor Marina, the marina will be open for business, and there will still be plenty to see and do for boaters! View News at Port of Seattle.

Lady Washington in for a facial and more at Port Townsend Boat Haven

by Northwest Boating Information on 09/26/14

PORT TOWNSEND — One of the most prominent tall ships in operation is spending its down time in the Port Townsend Boat Haven this week as a two-week repair period finishes up.

After appearing at the Wooden Boat Festival earlier this month, the Lady Washington was hauled out of the water for maintenance and repairs aimed at refurbishing the propeller and repainting the hull, according to Capt. Ken Lazarus. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.

The 10 Best Cities for Boaters

by Northwest Boating Information on 08/27/14

A report from REDFIN shows Seattle as number 9 for the 10 best cities for boaters. See full report at REDFIN.

Elco Motor Yachts Launches New Line of Electric Outboards

by Northwest Boating Information on 08/27/14

ATHENS, N.Y. – Elco Motor Yachts, a leader in electric and hybrid marine propulsion for more than 120 years, is applying its expertise to the electric outboard motor category. The company is launching a new line of 5- and 7-horsepower motors that provide all the signature benefits of Elco’s electric inboard motors. See full story at Boating Industry:

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